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The Queens Speech and Debate Team allows you to build valuable professional skills—as well as confidence—while creating opportunities to earn scholarships. Generous and highly completive scholarship packages are available for students with a proven record of success at the high school level.

Speech and Debate enables you to identify issues that you passionately believe in and to present your advocacy in ways that are unique, dynamic and persuasive. You can gain a deeper understanding of the world, the different cultures and communities that make up our nation, and their places within the global community. Speech and Debate alumni are able to use that understanding to affect real change in their communities and world.

The Queens University speech and debate team, like other competitive intercollegiate teams at Queens, has an extensive travel schedule. The team competes at 10-15 regional or national tournaments each year. All travel is fully funded by Queens University.

Who Are Good Candidates for the Speech and Debate Team?

Students often come to Speech and Debate through their interests in the social sciences, humanities or fine arts. Speech and Debate houses several formats of speaking and expression, including persuasive speaking, informative speaking, dramatic performance, and individual debate.

The topics and issues that students research and speak on are largely social justice or public policy based issues. Students may, for example, deliver a persuasive speech on the need for increased funding for LGBT youth organizations, or they may perform a dramatic reading of poetry centered around the Black Lives Matter movement, or they may debate the ideal way that the U.S. government should implement immigration rights. 

How Can the Speech and Debate Team Prepare You for a Career?

A significant number of our alumni base pursues a law school education after college. The ability to speak and persuade effectively is not limited to a courtroom, though. Many alumni find success in business as creative directors, marketing managers, advertising consultants, etc. Many students find success at starting their own business ventures, using their skills to present  ideas and convince others that those ideas are profitable ones. Finally, many alumni who excel at the performance aspect of Speech and Debate may find a career on stage or in front of a camera or microphone.  

“Speech and Debate has been transformative in my life and my career. Beyond professional opportunities, speech and debate introduced me to a world dedicated to helping young people find their voice. It is a world I care about deeply, and one I have chosen to give back to by giving students the same opportunities I was given.” - Speech and Debate Team Coach Christopher Harrow

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